Event Registration now open for National Heritage Week 2017 (Cultural Heritage)

Posted: Monday, 01 May 2017

Registration for National Heritage Week's printed event guide is now open and will close on 31 May. The printed event guide is distributed across Ireland to OPW sites, museums, libraries, local authorities, selected hotels and tourist offices.

Heritage Week 2017 will take place from 19-27 August and we're making 2017 the year we help more people learn about and enjoy Ireland's nature. If you can, try to incorporate the theme into your event.

National Heritage Week is coordinated by The Heritage Council and its aim is to build awareness and education about our heritage thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation.

Each year, during the last week of August, many national and hundreds of local community organisations participate by organising events throughout the country. Many of the events that take place during the week are free and the programme highlights the abundance of great work that is carried out in all communities in Ireland to preserve and promote our natural, built and cultural heritage.

National Heritage Week is part of European Heritage Days. These are a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union in which over forty countries participate each year. The main aim of European Heritage Days are to promote awareness of our built, natural and cultural heritage and to promote Europe's common cultural heritage. Every year millions of Europeans visit historical monuments and sites throughout Europe on European Heritage Days. In Ireland we celebrate European Heritage Days with a full week of events throughout National Heritage Week.

The Heritage Council assumed the role of coordinator of National Heritage Week from the Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government in 2005. Since then the week has grown into a highly successful programme of over 1700 events which take place during the last week of August each year.

Click here for further information and to register your event.